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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A poet appointed for life by a British monarch as a member of the royal household and expected to write poems celebrating occasions of national importance and honoring the royal family.
  • n. A poet appointed to a similar honorary position or honored for artistic excellence.
  • n. A poet acclaimed as the most excellent or most representative of a locality or group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poet officially appointed by a government, often expected to compose poems for state occasions and other government events
  • n. One who received an honorable degree in grammar, including poetry and rhetoric, at the English universities; -- so called as being presented with a wreath of laurel
  • n. Formerly, an officer of the king's household, whose business was to compose an ode annually for the king's birthday, and other suitable occasions; now, a poet officially distinguished by such honorary title, the office being a sinecure. It is said this title was first given in the time of Edward IV

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A poet who has been publicly recognized as the most pre-eminent poet of a country or region.
  • n. See under Laureate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the poet officially appointed to the royal household in Great Britain
  • n. a poet who is unofficially regarded as holding an honorary position in a particular group or region

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